From an article posted on the ORGANIC FAIR TRADE site:
"Did you know that the average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin by using her skin care products in one day? Did you know that 60% of these chemicals are further absorbed into your bloodstream? These are two of the main reasons that organic skincare is one of the fastest growing areas of the beauty industry today. The more we learn about the bitter side effects of unhealthy skincare, the more quickly we will seek out other options."
Certified products ensure the highest quality ingredients are used to nourish and replenish the skin which will assist in improving the desired results. These products are free from harmful, toxic chemicals commonly found in many skin care products. KORA Organics products are free from Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetic Colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS, Ethoxylate or Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde derivatives.
When Miranda decided to create the most natural, certified organic skincare line possible, she didn't realise how powerful it would be! We have had incredible results with people suffering from Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis and Rosacea. KORA Organics products were not formulated to specifically help with these skin conditions, but because they are so pure and gentle they can help provide relief for troubled skin conditions.
Not only are you looking after your skin but you are looking after the environment as well. Using certified organic products help us reduce the impact on our environment. The products are grown free from the nasty chemicals and according to strict uniform standards that are verified by the global certification body, promoting an ecological harmony. Since the product inside the packaging is certified organic what you are washing down the drain won’t harm the environment. Not only does the product itself have to be certified organic but the packaging also needs to be certified, ensuring that product packaging is to an eco-friendly standard and is recyclable.
The certification process includes a yearly audit to ensure compliance with the strict regulations set out by the certification body. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set. Certified organic foods and fibre are spared the application of toxic and persistent insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilisers. In the long run, organic farming techniques provide a safer, more sustainable environment for everyone and more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of using and consuming certified organic products and foods.
At KORA Organics our products are certified by international certification body Ecocert.
"I grew up in a small country town in rural Australia, with a family which embraces and understands the importance of living close to the land and in balance with nature. For a number of years, I've lived in some of the busiest cities in the world and have managed to maintain my organic lifestyle by purchasing certified organic food, healthy cleaning products, growing my own vegetables and herbs and by using the most natural and healthy skincare I could find.
In the past I could not find a certified organic skincare line that I was happy with so in 2006 I decided to create my own: one that contained all of the ingredients I personally wanted in a skincare range and one that I knew would enable people to experience first-hand the many benefits of using certified organic, healthy, natural products. I personally wanted the best for my skin and for my health and that is exactly what I have created.
Remember: What you put on your skin – soaks in – use organic!"
Love Miranda xxx
MAKING THE SWITCH
When you move from a non-organic range to a certified organic one your skin will need to assimilate and process any remaining chemicals remaining from your old skincare. Your body will naturally detoxify itself by getting rid of these toxins.
We recommend that you support your skin during this detoxification by ensuring you drink plenty of water and cleansing, toning and moisturising your face regularly. Keep in mind it may take up to a month for your skin to fully detoxify from your old skincare.
Manufacturers can misleadingly state that their products are ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ without censorship and may still contain other nasty chemicals. Unfortunately, this is due to the lack of regulation within the beauty industry. It is very important to always look out for a trusted certified organic logo to ensure you are receiving a true organic product that is of an optimal standard of quality.
A "certified organic" product on the other hand must adhere to the strict guidelines and regulations governing not only all of the ingredients used in the products, the processes undertaken to produce the product but also the packaging used in the products – there are strict guidelines covering all aspects of delivering an approved certified organic product to market.
Read the ingredients label. As like food, beauty products ingredient listings are listed from highest > least percentage quantity. Take note of what ingredients are listed at the very beginning as these are what makes up most of your beauty product.
DON'T STOP AT SKIN CARE
Look for other ways to reduce the amount of chemicals within your lifestyle through certified organic food and cleaning products. Remember that these items can also have effects on our skin.